With every passing day, we hear of a data breach, malicious cyber-attack or the other wreaking havoc on organizations. Yet organizations are finding it difficult to implement and maintain an effective threat and vulnerability management program. Learn what the key aspects are for organizations to process.
Imagine if we had one unique solution to solve our problems related to cybersecurity; however, it does not work that way. Organizations must build and come up with a robust cybersecurity framework that encompasses a threat and vulnerability management program to deal with ever-evolving cyber threats. It is not child’s play to infiltrate into any computer network and steal data; it requires people with intricate knowledge of how a program or product works, where the vulnerabilities are, and how these can be exploited. It means security managers and security analysts alike cannot afford to throw up their hands in despair. Designing a robust threat and vulnerability management program can help you handle such situations.
Questions to be Asked Before Implementing aThreat and Vulnerability Management Program
Cybersecurity measures work effectively only when the organization understands and implements a long-term, well-thought, and holistic information security framework.
• What is your organization’s security culture?
• How do you deal with sensitive and confidential information?
• How do you classify the data?
• What kind of threats does your organization face?
• What are the controls in place? How adequate are these controls? How do you measure the effectiveness of the controls in place?
• How do you respond to security incidents? What is your incident management program’s maturity? And, is it tested regularly?
What Are The Key Components That Must Be Considered?
Having a holistic information security framework that effectively manages threats and vulnerabilities is the key to the success of your enterprise information security program. The following components should be at the core of the threat and vulnerability management program.
• Threat detection: This includes intrusion monitoring, analysis of log activities, malware detection, etc. • Vulnerability identification: It includes network and application vulnerability scanning, penetration testing.
• Threat and vulnerability assessment: Assessing the vulnerabilities, deciding the severity based on threats and risks.
• Threat and vulnerability remediation: This encompasses activities such as incident response, risk management, etc.
• Continuous threat monitoring: Regularly reporting on emerging threats, intelligence sharing, security program assessment.